Commute if you need to. You can be in London St Pancras in less than an hour. But this a district that gives you that extra flexibility. You needn’t go so far five days a week. Seeking work-life balance? Welcome to your place.

FH: Stories | Foras

Tucked in the winding streets of Folkestone town centre, Foras is first and foremost a fragrance store selling its own range of handmade perfumes and soaps.

FH: stories | Root

A new type of café has put down roots in Hythe – one that’s focused on sustainable vegetarian and vegan food. Opened in April 2021 by Eady Timms, Root café at 53 High Street, Hythe is all about seasonal, locally sourced food, freshly made in-house.  

FH: Stories | Working Together (SEK)

Helping at least 200 people to become more employable is the extraordinary mission of Folkestone’s Working Together project from Social Enterprise Kent.

FH: Stories | The Burlington Hotel

From a £2 million renovation to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel shared with us The Burlington Hotel’s story and why its location in Folkestone is fantastic for those looking to visit, live and work.

FH: stories | Working Staycations

Six hotels in the coastal town of Folkestone, Kent, have teamed up to offer customers a 20% discount when booking a long stay, as an initiative to extend the summer season and appeal to cabin fever-struck homeworkers longing for a change of scene.  

FH: stories | Sarah Carpenter

By moving to Folkestone from London, artist Sarah Carpenter has been able to buy her first home, have her own studio and achieve a great quality of life.

FH: Stories | Romney Tweed

Romney Tweed was set up in 2013 by Pat Alston, her husband Robert and friends Anne Clifton-Holt and Faith Cowell.

FH: Stories | Saga

A British brand synonymous with the over 50’s, Folkestone-based Saga helps its customers lead the life they want.

FH: stories | Bringing B-corps to Folkestone

Balancing social responsibility and profit has never been more important for modern businesses, and a number of Folkestone businesses are doing just that.

FH: stories | Flourish

Bring five local creatives together in a sought-after Folkestone business location; what do you get? Flourish; an aptly-named micro brand agency offers strategy, design and content creation.

FH: stories | Daniel Kennedy, Progress Creative

When a creative agency has Disney and Dreamworks on their client list, they must have done something right. We speak with Progress Creative and Founder and CEO Daniel Kennedy.

FH: stories | Motis Group

Founded in 2002, Motis Group’s story is one of growth, diversification and success. “We are more than just an estate agent,” says managing director Kris Foster.

FH: stories | Jonathan Burlow

When it came to setting up his first practice, architect Jonathan Burlow decided to exchange the bright lights of London for the calm of the coast.

FH: stories | Remade Reloved

Local business owner Marie Bruce, is doing her bit to save the Christmas shopping season for Folkestone and Hythe-based creatives by launching a new digital marketplace for them to sell from.

FH: stories | Miss Gingers

Miss Gingers is a fabric shop and haberdashery in Folkestone that's bursting with light, colour and texture, just like the rainbow coloured buildings of the Old High Street on which it sits.

FH: Stories | Social Enterprise Kent (SEK)

SEK (Social Enterprise Kent) has been operating for 30 years with a mission to improve lives and support the communities in which it works.

FH: Stories | Richardson & Richardson

Designer-maker Hannah Richardson hadn’t even been to Folkestone until three years ago – now she and her mother have established a successful business in the town.

FH: stories | Plan with Care

Plan with Care is a Folkestone-based start-up company that provides health and wellbeing services to older people, particularly those living with dementia, and their families.

FH: stories | Plamil Foods

After 60 years in business, the coronavirus pandemic has presented a “completely unique situation” to Plamil Foods.

FH: Stories | Helenor Rogers, Troo Foods

Troo Foods’ products deliver on most fronts – vegan, free from gluten and dairy, natural ingredients and plastic-free packaging.

FH: stories | Clare Reeves, Voiceover Artist

Clare’s voice has been heard all over the world. From her studio in Folkestone, she’s voiced adverts, trailers and documentaries for everyone from National Geographic to Asda.

FH: stories | Luke Quilter, Sleeping Giant Media

Six years ago, Luke Quilter completed a new challenge – kayaking around 150 miles of Kent coastline. And while bobbing along, he experienced a moment of perspective.

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